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Old 12-20-2013
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Thanks Pam!

You covered it well. I appreciate you taking the time to thoroughly answer my questions as well as your contributions to my other posts...and your input to the form in general.

Thank you for sharing some of your experience with me.

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Pam, thanks for all of that great information. May I ask, how do you keep your Tropheus tanks? Please explain your tank set up (rocks, placement, water flow, colony ratio, etc).

I too believe Tropheus like lots of rocks, but in an aquarium more rocks seem to cause more problems with aggression in my experience. So I only keep two large rocks on opposite ends of the tank.
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Pam, thanks for all of that great information. May I ask, how do you keep your Tropheus tanks? Please explain your tank set up (rocks, placement, water flow, colony ratio, etc).

I too believe Tropheus like lots of rocks, but in an aquarium more rocks seem to cause more problems with aggression in my experience. So I only keep two large rocks on opposite ends of the tank.
The one rock, two rock idea just doesn't work for me. I like the tank stuffed with something, if I didn't have a castle fetish I would load my tanks with PVC. I love rocks, love the look of rock across a tank, but the drawbacks; weight, water displacement, labor with water changes, combined with my castle fetish, the castles won! At the very least you need to provide some kind of small rubble where the females can spit their fry. And then fry have a chance to get some size on them and join the group.

We have a blower in our fish house, and we use sponge and box filters, but the water appears to boil, there is a lot of air going thru there. In the people house I use sponge filters and run them with powerheads.

I don't dwell on ratio, my goal is a large group 50+, when you have this many fish the ratio doesn't matter. And extra males look great, and keep the heat off the females.

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Just wanted to get that Photo up for those wanted to see a 5"+ at just over 3 years old. maybe 3.5yrs if you consider conception as I got her a 1.25"







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LOL, Yep. She's god for 18-23 wigglers at a time.
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Yeah...I think iv got a rainbow that big....and I'm about to move them to a new tank and I will measure her at that time.

And she doesn't look old. She has a nice shaped head. And is plump.
Anyway...of course I don't know her age but I assume she is not 10.

Nice pic..Ikolas can get huge it seems.

And with knowing her age and how you feed light....its genetics with that girl.
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Yeah...I think iv got a rainbow that big....and I'm about to move them to a new tank and I will measure her at that time.

And she doesn't look old. She has a nice shaped head. And is plump.
Anyway...of course I don't know her age but I assume she is not 10.

Nice pic..Ikolas can get huge it seems.

And with knowing her age and how you feed light....its genetics with that girl.
well I may not feed as light as I portrayed. I've been paying a bit more attention since our discussion about that and I might be a couple pellets over per fish than what I initially though. lol

But aaaaanywho, I still think that ON:FT is the BOOOOOOMB! lololol

But I'm starting to incorporate Omega One into my feeding routine.
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Yep. I Got measuring spoons.

That way I feed for the most part the exact same every time. And if I alter it, I know I'm actually reducing the food or increasing it.

I have a tendency to be generous! So I cant use my fingers. I toss in too much because I enjoy feeding them. I use the scoops to pull it out of the jar and then dunk it from within my hand. Too much goes down the overflows if I just toss it in. Or else I'd use autofeeders. And may still but it kills me to see food go into a freshly cleaned filter.

I am currently feeding 1/8th teaspoon of my pellet mix per 10 fish, 2-3 times a day.
I heap the scoop slightly for odd numbers over 10. And give a scant scoop for less than 10.

Like a group of 17 would get 1 and a slack scoop.

It is very little food by weight so I find that the 1-2mm pellets allow for the most even distribution of such a small amount of food over the colony. Of course some get more than others and I try to toss in such a way to give assistance to the little guys. If they don't get any...they need to try harder next time.

They eat very little by weight or volume and it equals very little waste.

Clean water and filters.

Anyway, I like feeding my fish...so I decided that I'd feed little amounts so thst I could do that more times a day.

Keeps em lightly loaded and always lookin' and I feel is better for them.

Anyway....guess what I'm saying is...get some scoops!
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Yep. I Got measuring spoons.

That way I feed for the most part the exact same every time. And if I alter it, I know I'm actually reducing the food or increasing it.

I have a tendency to be generous! So I cant use my fingers. I toss in too much because I enjoy feeding them. I use the scoops to pull it out of the jar and then dunk it from within my hand. Too much goes down the overflows if I just toss it in. Or else I'd use autofeeders. And may still but it kills me to see food go into a freshly cleaned filter.

I am currently feeding 1/8th teaspoon of my pellet mix per 10 fish, 2-3 times a day.
I heap the scoop slightly for odd numbers over 10. And give a scant scoop for less than 10.

Like a group of 17 would get 1 and a slack scoop.

It is very little food by weight so I find that the 1-2mm pellets allow for the most even distribution of such a small amount of food over the colony. Of course some get more than others and I try to toss in such a way to give assistance to the little guys. If they don't get any...they need to try harder next time.

They eat very little by weight or volume and it equals very little waste.

Clean water and filters.

Anyway, I like feeding my fish...so I decided that I'd feed little amounts so thst I could do that more times a day.

Keeps em lightly loaded and always lookin' and I feel is better for them.

Anyway....guess what I'm saying is...get some scoops!
LOL- Ya know. it might be time to invest in some Tropheus Dinner Spoons!
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